Ph.D., Iowa State University, Aerospace Engineering, 1987.
M.S., Mississippi State University, Aerospace Engineering, 1980.
B.S., Mississippi State University, Aerospace Engineering, 1979.
David Thompson holds the rank of professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering and is the inaugural holder of the Airbus Helicopters, Inc. Professorship in Aerospace Engineering. From 2009-15, he served as an Associate Director in the Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems (CAVS) and the lead of the Computational Fluid Dynamics group. From 2015-17, he served as Special Assistant Vice President in the Office of Research and Economic Development. Prior to joining the ASE faculty, he was a member of the research faculty at the MSU NSF Engineering Research Center. His previous related experience includes a faculty appointment at the University of Texas at Arlington and, prior to that, industrial experience at the General Dynamics/Ft. Worth Division (now Lockheed Martin). He was selected as a Royal Academy of Engineering Distinguished Visiting Fellow for 2014-15.